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S.Korean Watchdog Orders Destruction Of Tainted Chinese Kimchi(wonders of cheap import)
Asia Pulse ^ | 10/21/05

Posted on 10/23/2005 6:58:48 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Friday October 21, 06:34 PM

S.Korean Watchdog Orders Destruction Of Tainted Chinese Kimchi

SEOUL, Oct 21 Asia Pulse - South Korea's food safety watchdog ordered the recall and destruction of nine Chinese kimchi products on Friday after detecting parasite eggs in them.

The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said the Chinese imports were found to contain the eggs of three parasites -- roundworm, hookworm and trichostrongylus orientalis.

But domestic kimchi brands were found not to contain parasite eggs, the watchdog said, announcing the outcome of a test of 16 kimchi products from China and 18 domestic brands that were sold over the Internet.

"We ordered marketers to recall all contaminated Chinese kimchi already sold," the watchdog said. "The remaining products were also ordered to be destroyed."

It was the first time for the KFDA to conduct a parasite test on kimchi imported from China. Kimchi is a traditional side dish of spicy fermented vegetables consumed with almost every meal in South Korea.

The KFDA said the parasite eggs might have come from human excrements, a fertilizer that many Chinese farmers use to grow vegetables.

"We have to take additional tests to determine the exact cause of the contamination," said Lee Chang-jun, head of the KFDA's food safety team.

Kimchi imported from China has sparked a safety scare here since an opposition lawmaker claimed late last month that it was found to contain significantly high levels of lead.

The KFDA said later Chinese kimchi contains lead below the permissible level and that it is safe for consumption.

According to government statistics, South Korea imported nearly 50,000 tons of kimchi during the first half of this year, almost all of which came from China.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; foodsafety; import; kimchi; korea; lead; parasite; skorea
In a bizarre twist of event, the price of Chinese Kimchi went up after the news broke out. First, the price of domestic Kimchi went through the roof, panicking restaurant owners depending on domestic Kimchi, who are going out and buy cheap Chinese Kimchi before it runs out. In addition, the event publicized how cheap the Chinese Kimchi is. Many who did not know about it are now trying to get them, before blanket ban on Chinese Kimchi would be in place. This is all made possible because it is difficult to tell Chinese Kimchi from domestic one. Some claims that the color of red pepper in Chinese Kimchi look different (redder.) Still, the two types of Kimchi cannot be credibly separated.

The public outrage initially directed at Chinese Kimchi is now being restaurant operators who stock up Chinese Kimchi and try to pass them as domestic one. Moreover, the Chinese regime requested S. Korean government to restrain the coverage on Chinese Kimchi. Basically, they want S. Korea to pull the same routine they pulled on the coverage on avian flu. They have a lot of nerve to demand the press control of another country.

1 posted on 10/23/2005 6:58:49 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; OahuBreeze; yonif; risk; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 10/23/2005 6:59:26 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I thought human waste fertilizer was SOP in Asia.


3 posted on 10/23/2005 7:03:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
This is hilarious. Korea importing Kimchi. LOL!
4 posted on 10/23/2005 7:07:21 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I have often wondered (how much food stuff do we import from China?) how hard it would be for China to begin a secret attempt to literally poison Americans through all the goods we import from them.

Just put trace amounts of poisons/biological agents in packaging/embeded in the plastic/etc. Eventually have a generation of children with brain damage - not necessarily life-threatening, but just enough to cause a major problem for our country....

Or am I just needing to get fold me up a tin-foil hat?


5 posted on 10/23/2005 7:07:22 AM PDT by TheBattman (Islam (and liberalism)- the cult of Satan)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Re #3

Not everybody does it these days.

6 posted on 10/23/2005 7:08:08 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It is. They call it "night soil."


7 posted on 10/23/2005 7:08:17 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TheBattman

Apparently that was already done.

The results are called "Democrats."


8 posted on 10/23/2005 7:13:35 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Never heard of the stuff links...

http://www.marimari.com/content/korea/best_of/kimchi/kimchi.html

http://www.sogang.ac.kr/~burns/cult96/s950118.html


9 posted on 10/23/2005 7:13:55 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: bill1952

Having once sampled some kimchi, I was going to ask, How did they know something was wrong with it?

But parasites are a serious business.


10 posted on 10/23/2005 7:15:33 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: TheBattman
Re #5

Well, the way pollution and sanitary problem are in China, they are breeding low-grade biological and chemical agents even without a sinister design. They could easily hitch on export goods and travelers to reach American soil.

They are the equal opportunity killers of both people inside China and outside China. It is quite possible that Chinese population explosion is finally rectified by these agents that are multiplying on their land due to their negligence and incompetence.

11 posted on 10/23/2005 7:15:50 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: bill1952

They were called honey buckets when we lived in Japan. SK was no different in the 1950s-early 1960s.


12 posted on 10/23/2005 7:19:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Troubled by NOLA looting ? You ain't seen nothing yet.)
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To: bill1952

They do have to import rice already.


13 posted on 10/23/2005 8:14:21 AM PDT by moog
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To: cloud8

How did they know something was wrong with it?


It took me about 8 months to like kimchi in Korea. It's still not my favorite, though I really like kimchi soup.


14 posted on 10/23/2005 8:16:19 AM PDT by moog
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh yuck! What's wrong with these restaurant owners? Aren't they afraid of getting sick? Is there any way to pastuerize this stuff?


15 posted on 10/23/2005 8:48:11 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

I wonder if irradiation could be used?


16 posted on 10/23/2005 11:12:59 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I imagine parasite eggs would be considered a delicacy up north.


17 posted on 10/23/2005 11:14:01 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: TheSpottedOwl; TigerLikesRooster
FWIW.

Nutritional, physiological, physicochemical and sensory stability of gamma irradiated Kimchi (Korean fermented vegetables)

Abstract

Effects of gamma irradiation on nutritional, physiological, physicochemical and sensory properties of the Korean lactic acid fermented vegetable, Kimchi, were investigated. The composition of amino acids and organic acids in Kimchi were not influenced by gamma irradiation less than 10kGy. Angiotensine converting enzyme inhibitory, xanthin oxidase inhibitory, electron donating and antimicrobial activity of Kimchi extract were stable up to 10kGy. There were no significant changes in pH and texture at less than 10kGy. Color values were influenced at 10kGy of gamma irradiation, and resulted in the increase of L*- and reduction of a*-value. About 90% of panelists identified a sensory difference between non-irradiated and 10kGy-irradiated sample, and Kimchi irradiated at 10kGy had lower scores in acceptability than those of the control or irradiated at 2.5 and 5kGy.

18 posted on 10/23/2005 11:21:32 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Wow! So does this mean that irradiated kimchi doesn't pass the taste test? Good find...


19 posted on 10/23/2005 1:25:09 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("President Bush, start building that wall"!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Tainted mainland Chinese food products are a regular feature on the evening news here on the island.
Just about everything imaginable, to some really weird things like fake "Tea Eggs" come in from the mainland.

Red China seems to have little control over its food saftey - both domestic & import.

Unfortunately Taiwan plays only a catch-up game in this area. A lot of bad stuff gets on the shelf for consumers.


20 posted on 10/23/2005 3:59:13 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ain't life funny?)
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To: moog
I know moog. - my point was that the stuff is so foul that I can't imagine wanting to import that crap. 8^)
21 posted on 10/23/2005 4:22:17 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bill1952

I know moog. - my point was that the stuff is so foul that I can't imagine wanting to import that crap. 8^)

One time I was at some shopping place and found an actual kimchi museum. Talk about weird! When I got home from Korea, I bought some kimchi. My family wasn't too fond of the smell or the taste either.


22 posted on 10/23/2005 4:27:47 PM PDT by moog
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To: TigerLikesRooster
the Chinese regime requested S. Korean government to restrain the coverage on Chinese Kimchi

When I flip channels past the international channels during the Korean news time slots, it's been kimchi every day for at least two weeks (both KBS and MBC Korean television stations, but seemingly more on KBS). Most recently, it appears to be about Kimchi in Japan, with stores posting signs in Japanese or removing stocks of Chinese Kimchi, and lab testing of Kimchi.

Compared to Taiwanese news, which will devote the entire time slot to only one topic whenever there's something scandalous, tittilating, or scary, the Korean news seems very restrained by devoting only ten minutes or so to Kimchi news. I don't know if that's their style or if they are bowing to the Chinese and restraining themselves.

23 posted on 11/05/2005 7:30:36 PM PST by heleny (Yes on CA Propositions 73, 74, 75)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well. Thanks for posting this article. I've actually been eating kimchi for a couple of months now, and I'll pay more attention to the source. I've been getting it due to the fact that we don't get enough fermented foods in our diets in modern times, but I don't think we need parasite eggs.


24 posted on 11/05/2005 7:39:00 PM PST by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.)
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To: heleny
Re #23

Most of the reporting in this case is done in Internet. As you said, KBS or MBC tends to toe the government line and restrain their reporting on this subject.

25 posted on 11/06/2005 7:32:37 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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